A Christian friend called me the other day, and he was unusually distressed over an article he had read on the "net." I told him I would read it and get back to him. The cite was www.nourishingobscurity.com. The article quoted the 1966 edition of Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, by Manly Hall; A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry by Authur Waite; The Encyclopedia of Freemasonry by Albert Mackey; The Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (author not given); The Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated, The Complete Ritual (author not given); and Duncan's Ritual of Freemasonry and Duncan's Rituals, Revised and Complete by Malcolm Duncan.
After reading what Jim Higham, the author of the article had to say, I have to admit that I shared my friend's concern. I have family members and friends who are Masons. I know pastors who are Masons! How can that be? How is it possible for a person to believe the Bible is the revealed Word of God, and then accept the teachings of an organization that are diametrically opposed to its teaching? I believe there are two answers for this. First, the article shows that Freemasonry deliberately deceives the public and the majority of its initiates (members of the Blue Lodge, the first three degrees of Freemasonry). It is not until a member becomes a fourth degree Mason that the true teachings gradually are revealed. By the time the member has reached the thirty-third degree, he is clearly a disciple of Lucifer.
The second reason Christians can be Masons is that they obviously do not recognize the rituals as Satanic. They are either totally unfamiliar with the Bible, or they shrug off the teachings as simply "secret jargon." They believe it is merely metaphoric and not to be taken at face value. However, you would think an alarm would go off when they use the name of God (I Am that I Am) for the Royal Arch Degree; they use the name "Jaobulon" (a composite of Jehovah, Baal, and Osiris) to speak of the Trinity and no Blue Lodge member can pronounce this name - they must use the letters J.B.O.; they call Lucifer the God of good and light, and call Adonay (a biblical name for the God of Israel) the God of evil and darkness; they speak of washing their robes "in their own blood," instead of having their garments washed in the blood of Christ (Rev. 7:14); and their "communion" involves eating the "bodies of Christ, Moses, Confucius, Plato, Socrates. You would think that even a newborn babe in Christ would recognize that Freemasonry is calling evil good, and good evil! And yet, people including pastors who have claimed to be Christians for years, are proud members of the Masons. God help them!
For those reading my blog for the first time, let me say that I rarely write derogatory comments about other groups or religions. Those of you who have read my daily witness for Christ know that is true. I wrote this posting as a warning to "rescue" those who have been deceived, and to those who are considering becoming a Mason. The Masons have been around for centuries, and so has their serpentine god. BEWARE!